The Illustrated Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (Hardcover)
"The Illustrated Etymologicon is a dizzying, delightful trip through the evolution and accidents of language...Pen-and-ink drawings, their style steampunk and charming, illuminate this glorious exploration, which runs the gamut from gambling to astrology to bucks, rounding it all out with a fun quiz to further tickle linguistic interests." Review, Foreword(March/April issue)
*** A NEW, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED HARDBACK EDITION OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER, PUBLISHED ON ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY ***
'Witty and erudite ... stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.' Nick Duerden, Independent.
'Particularly good ... Forsyth takes words and draws us into their, and our, murky history.' William Leith, Evening Standard.
The Etymologicon is an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language.
What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?
Mark Forsyth's riotous celebration of the idiosyncratic and sometimes absurd connections between words is a classic of its kind: a mine of fascinating information and a must-read for word-lovers everywhere.
'Highly recommended' Spectator